VCU Rams vs Penn State Nittany Lions Prediction, 12/2/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: VCU Rams vs Penn State Nittany Lions
Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Location: Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, PA
Odds/Point Spread: VCU (+5.5)
Bryce Jordan Center is the site where and the Penn State Nittany Lions (1-0) will take on the VCU Rams (2-1) on Wednesday. Penn State opens this game as 5.5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 142.5.
VCU will take the court with a mark of 2-1 on the season. They cough up possession 15.7 times per game and as a team they commit 22.3 personal fouls per game. As a team, VCU is grabbing 32.3 boards per contest and has racked up 41 dimes this season, which ranks 47th in the nation in terms of passing. The Rams are connecting on 28.6% on 3-pointers (20 of 70) and 75.0% from the free throw line. They average 73.7 pts per contest (138th in the nation) while shooting 43.6% from the floor. Defensively, the Rams are forcing their opponents into 19.3 turnovers every game while drawing 21.3 personal fouls. They are surrendering 28.6% on shots from beyond the arc while they are 216th in college basketball in PPG from their opponents (68.7). The Rams are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 39.8% (70 of 176) and they surrender 39.3 boards per game as a team. They are ranked 286th in the country in allowing assists to the opposition with 35 conceded this year.
The VCU Rams stepped onto the hardwood against the Memphis Tigers and took home the win by a score of 70-59 in their last game. VCU wrapped up the game with a 43.8% FG percentage (21 out of 48) and made 7 of their 25 3-point attempts. From the free throw line, the Rams buried 21 of 27 shots for a percentage of 77.8%. With respect to grabbing rebounds, they compiled a total of 33 with 7 of them being offensive. They also dished out 14 dimes for this contest while getting 9 steals and 5 blocked shots. Concerning defending, VCU allowed the other team to shoot 43.8% from the field on 21 out of 48. Memphis distributed 13 dimes and 6 steals in this game. On top of that, the Tigers pulled down 28 boards (9 offensive, 19 defensive) and got 5 rejections. Memphis finished the game at 72.2% from the free throw line by making 13 of 18 tries. They converted 6 of 23 attempts from long range.
KeShawn Curry is someone who came through in this game. He ended up with 14 points on 4 of 9 shooting. He saw the court for 30 minutes and also collected 5 rebounds. Curry shot 44.4% from the field and dished out 3 assists. One more player that was a major factor in the game for the Rams was Nah'Shon Hyland. He pulled down 3 rebounds and also accounted for 3 assists. He ended up going 33.3% from the field for the matchup by shooting 4-of-12 (12 points). When the final whistle blew, Hyland was on the court for 30 min.
Penn State has a win-loss record of 1-0 on the season. When it comes to executing on offense, the Nittany Lions are shooting 43.1% from the floor, which has them ranked 245th in college basketball. Penn State has 86 pts this year and they average 40 rebounds per contest. They are assisting teammates 7 times per game (260th in the country) and they turn it over 11 times per game. The Nittany Lions are committing 18 fouls per contest and they hit 92.9% from the free throw line. The Nittany Lions on the defensive end are ranked 177th in D-1 in points given up per game with 65. They are able to force 25 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 42.3% from the field (138th in the nation). The Penn State defense gives up 32.1% on 3-pointers (9 of 28) and opponents are connecting on 63.2% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have relinquished 9 dimes and 36 boards per game, ranking them 136th and 234th in college hoops.
The last time they took the hardwood, the Penn State Nittany Lions went home victorious with a score of 86-65 against the VMI Keydets. The Nittany Lions corralled 23 defensive boards and 15 offensive rebounds for a total of 38 in this game. They also stuffed 4 attempts while earning 18 steals in this matchup. The Keydets earned 13 personal fouls for the contest which got the Nittany Lions to the charity stripe for a total of 14 shots. They were able to knock down 13 of those for a rate of 92.9%. With respect to shots from beyond the perimeter, Penn State converted 11 out of their 36 tries (30.6%). When this game wrapped up, the Nittany Lions shot 31 out of 72 from the floor which had them sitting at 43.1%. The Nittany Lions permitted the Keydets to make 22 out of 52 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 42.3% for the contest. They finished shooting 32.1% from beyond the perimeter by connecting on 9 of 28 and ended up going 12 of 19 at the free throw line (63.2%). When discussing rebounds, Penn State permitted VMI to get 34 in total (10 on the offensive side).
Jamari Wheeler saw a lot of time on the hardwood for the Nittany Lions for the contest. He knocked down 6 of 13 for the contest giving him a field goal percentage of 46.2%, which gave him 18 points. Wheeler grabbed 6 boards in his 34 mins played and had 2 dimes for this contest. An additional guy who saw a lot of action for Penn State was Izaiah Brockington. He ended up with 15 points in his 31 minutes on the hardwood via 6 of 11 shooting in this game. Brockington ended up shooting 54.5% from the field and also contributing 2 assists and 8 rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Penn State (-5.5) and over 142.5 points
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